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Twin Town High (vol. 8)

Your Locally Grown Alternative Newspaper

Hot Tickets for January 31 - February 6, 2007
Wednesday 31 January @ 16:58:03
Hot TicketsSam Kuusisto :: Julian's Ride :: Halloween, Alaska :: The Plastic Constellation and Hockey Night :: To Sing Along the Way :: Tangled up in Bob :: Allophones :: Food Stock :: That1Guy AND THIS WEEK'S HOT PICK: Maggie's Brain at Plawrights' Center


Sam Kuusisto
Fine Line Music Cafe & Bunker's
There's good talent, great talent, those who're just bad-to-the-bone, and then there is the ungodly. That's when we're talking soul man Sam Kuusisto. Straight out of Anoka, homeboy ain't takin' no shorts. Who did you last hear cover James Brown's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," The Isley Brothers' "It's Your Thing" and Van Morrison's "Domino," stamping each interpretation with his own signature? Hell, one out of the three would be just fine. There's no word yet on when Sam the Man will release a disc, but trust that units will move just as fast as stores can stock them. Bottom line: Kuusisto sings as strong as sulfuric acid and works with a killer backup band. Any questions? Sam Kuusisto shuttles across downtown Minneapolis tonight. 8 p.m. Fine Line, 318 N. 1st Ave., Mpls. 612-338-8100. 9:30 p.m. Bunker's, 761 N. Washington Ave., Mpls. 612-338-8188. DWIGHT HOBBES

Maggie's Brain
Playwrights' Center
Last year, Off-Leash Area performed an early version of "Maggie's Brain" in a garage/back yard. Now, this intimate look at schizophrenia gets the full production it deserves. Co-created by Paul Herwig and Jennifer Ilse, Ilse draws from her brother's struggle with mental illness, in a production that shows how one young woman grapples with a chemical disorder that creates fear, alienation and sometimes wonder. Creating simple but evocative movements and dance choreography, "Maggie's Brain" gives a visceral view of what mental illness feels like, yet avoids feeling voyeuristic. How Maggie's family responds is also addressed. This play won praise as a backyard work-in-progress and fulfills its promise now that it has come to full fruition. Through Feb. 3. 8 p.m. $12-$18. 2301 E. Franklin Ave., Mpls. 612-724-7372. LYDIA HOWELL

Julian's Ride
Julian's Ride is serious about their funk-delivering a high-energy mix of funk, soul, R&B, rock and pop that's so powerful it even gets the white boys' pants shakin'. Julian Stefoni relocated his musical HQ here from Chicago last fall, bringing with him all the swagger and style that could legally cross state lines. Anyone who caught last week's packed show at Arnellia's in St. Paul knows they do fantastic live shows. Here's another chance to get funked up. From James Brown to Sly & The Family Stone to George Clinton, Julian's Ride brings old school funk alive in the kind of high-intensity performance that few can match. This show is a tribute to one of funk's all-time greats, Minneapolis homeboy, Prince. No funkin' around--catch the funk that brings the goods. 9:30 p.m. $5. 107 N. 3rd Ave. Mpls. 612-465-0440. JUMPIN' JOE HOZEPHAT

Halloween, Alaska
Uptown Bar and Cafe
Despite being one of the brightest lights on the local music scene, the pop veterans that make up electro-pop outfit Halloween, Alaska have a gig schedule seemingly in indirect proportion to the amount of love they garner from area fans. Don't get too mad about it though--it's partly a matter of logistics as singer/guitarist James Diers is currently living in Madison, Wisc. Just be glad that what these guys lack in gigs they make up for in recorded output. Work is already well underway on the group's third album, which will hopefully once again sound like Depeche Mode having intercourse with Death Cab for Cutie while on barbiturates (in non-geek speak: really damn innovative and interesting mood pop that knows its way around a laptop). With new member Jake Hanson of Cowboy Curtis recently brought into the fold on keys and guitar, expect an even fuller and punchier sound on display in what was already one of the Twin Cities' most abundantly talented groups. With DJ Soviet Panda, Jeremy Messersmith. 9 p.m. $7. 21+. 3018 Hennepin Ave. S., Mpls. 612-823-4719. NATHAN DEAN

The Plastic Constellations, Hockey Night
Triple Rock Social Club
Both former Pulse cover stars, the boys in The Plastic Constellations and Hockey Night are in many ways polar opposites. The Plastic Constellations favor buzz-saw riffs and throat searing vocal intensity, while Hockey Night opt for a more placid and angular take on the indie-rock songbook. Where the bands overlap, however, is in their penchant for gargantuan hooks, so whether you're looking for loping-dual-guitar-lead, Thin-Lizzy-inspired-stoner-bliss (Hockey Night), or a fist-pumping post-punk call to arms (The Plastic Constellations), you're sure to leave the comfy confines of the Triple Rock with a smile plastered on your face. Expect plenty of new tunes in the offing as well, as both groups are hard at work on new albums. With The Future. 5 p.m. $8. All Ages & 9 p.m. 21+. $8. 629 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-333-7399. NATHAN DEAN

To Sing Along the Way
Open Book Center
If you attend readings by local authors with any regularity, you're probably accustomed to small, poorly-heated venues, modest audiences and little hoopla. This one's gonna be different. "To Sing Along the Way: Minnesota Women Poets from Pre-Territorial Days to the Present" is published by New Rivers Press and is the first historical and contemporary anthology of Minnesota women poets. The poems included in the anthology range from the earliest poetry in Minnesota—oral song-poems of Ojibwe women--to the sounds and rhythms of early 20th century formalism and contemporary free verse. Edited by three prize-winning poet--Joyce Sutphen, Thom Tammaro and Connie Wanek--"To Sing Along the Way" boasts more than 100 women poets and reflects the wide diversity of women's voices. More than 30 of the contributing poets will be reading at the book launch, including local poets Carol Connolly, Heid Erdrich, Kirsten Dierking, Patricia Hampl, Phebe Hanson, Mary Rose O'Reilly, Wang Ping and the always-brilliant Deborah Keenan and Leslie Adrienne Miller. In addition, poet Diane Jarvi will perform music. This evening, complete with complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar, promises to be a grand literary celebration and social soirée. Dress dapper and prepare to mingle. 7-10 p.m. Free. 1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls. 218-477-5870 or AUDRA OTTO

Tangled Up in Bob
Bell Auditorium
The best part of Martin Scorsese's PBS documentary about Bob Dylan, "No Direction Home," may have been the performance footage of the elusive singer-songwriter, but the icon remained elusive when it came to being interviewed. A native Minnesota filmmaker with Iron Range roots, Mary Feidt might have better luck with her new film on Dylan entitled "Tangled Up in Bob." Feidt has gone from the WCCO TV's I-Team, to PBS' "Frontline" and has won a Peabody and an Emmy for her work. For this project she co-created the film with writer—and absolute Dylan fan--Natalie Goldberg, who is best known for her contemporary classic book "Writing Down the Bones." "Tangled Up in Bob," which is subtitled "Searching for Bob Dylan, a Minnesota Story," creates curiosity about how these two women have approached one of the most taciturn talents in American music. The film is shown as part of the Bob Dylan retrospective at the Weisman Museum. Through Feb. 7. $5-$8. Daily 7:15 & 9:15 p.m.; 5:15 matinee on Sun. 10 Church St. SE, Mpls. 612-627-4430. LYDIA HOWELL

Rosalux Art Gallery
Rosalux Gallery's Allophones is a joint exhibition between Ingrid Restemayer and James Wrayge, characterized as an abstract visual dialogue, which results in conversations between comparative images. Restemayer's intricate etchings on handmade paper features hand-printed images of delicate koi fish, eggs and other elements of nature that have been successively collaged before being punctuated by mock-paragraph forms made from embroidery-stitched threads. Wrayge's pieces encase vivid color patches within fine, under-painted lines. These two distinctive artists work in vastly different processes and mediums, yet find their way to a common exchange of ideas. Wrayge's expressive oils on canvas contrast, yet naturally communicate, with Restemayer's mixed-media collages. The work of both of these talented artists is meditative and contemplative. Through Feb. 18. Reception Feb. 3, 7-11 p.m. 1011 Washington Ave. S., Mpls. 612-747-3942. BETSY MOWRY

Food Stock
Harriet Island
As temperatures plummet to freezing and below, this is a good time to think about homelessness. Some quick and dirty figures: 2 percent of the population of the United States is homeless for at least one night during any three-year period. About 800,000 children are homeless in any given week. About 20 percent of requests for shelter go unmet because of lack of resources. And this is the time of year when exposure to the elements can quite likely be fatal. Thankfully, a musical event at the Winter Carnival is directing resources to two local charitable causes, Listening House of St. Paul and Keystone Community Services Food Shelf. On hand to perform will be an astounding lineup of local talent, including Spider John Koerner, Paul Metza, Curtiss A, Maurice Jacox and Martin Devaney. The event itself is free, but donations will be accepted throughout the performances. 2-5 p.m. Harriet Island, St. Paul. MAX SPARBER

Nomad World Pub
Forgive us, Minnesota: 95 percent of the time the Tuesday night Minneseries at the Nomad is all about awesome local bands, but sometimes a touring act comes through and we have to make way to accommodate. Fortunately, we can vouch for the quality of Mike Silverman, aka That1Guy. Back in 2004 he released the memorably titled Songs in the Key of Beotch and leadoff single "One," which mashed together an eclectically percussive and skronky backing track with a spoken-sung, stream-of-consciousness rap that recalled, of all people, MC 900 ft. Jesus. The faucet on the cover of that disc wasn't just a nifty image or a metaphor for the lyrical sensibility— it was floating out there in space because Silverman had thrown the kitchen sink into the album itself. He'll be bringing his one-man band act for this show, but apparently we won't be believing it until we see it, at least according to the press releases. The word "spectacle" pops up again and again. Openers Electropolis will be putting on their own kind of spectacle, bringing their expansively textural and evocative brand of effects-whacked jazz to the Nomad's stage. 9 p.m. $8. 21+. 501 Cedar Ave. S., Mpls. 612-338-6424. STEVE McPHERSON
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